International organizations

Rainforest Fund Comments to the World Bank on the Revised Economic and Social Framework

The World Bank has presented the Proposed Environmental and Social Framework for consultation. A new, revised set of standards seek to “ensure the delivery of an environmental and social framework which is more efficient and comprehensive,” however, Rainforest Fund sees significant flaws in the proposed draft.  It includes watered down standards making it easier for states to [...]

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February 19, 2015 by Franca Sciuto

Human rights

Did FPIC get it wrong?

FPIC, or Free, Prior and Informed Consent, is one of the most important principles in international law relating to indigenous peoples.

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January 23, 2015 by Madeleine Lesser

Indigenous & tribal populations

Indigenous tribes in Brazil Denounce State Policies that Violate their Rights

Indigenous leaders in Brazil have come together to voice their rejection of their human rights by the Brazilian state government. They reject the corporate favoritism in development policies whereby the state grants extractive industries access to indigenous peoples’ resources and lands; thus, statements made by government officials to make progress on the rights of indigenous [...]

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December 19, 2014 by admin

Communidad Viva

A Decade of Work

Ines Hinoyosa, Director of Comunidad Viva in Bolivia, has written this letter thanking Rainforest Fund for support and guidance over the past 10 years.  The women’s cooperative, Cheque Oitdedie, is a group of women artisans who have grown in strength, capacity, determination and resilience.  

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December 10, 2014 by Ines Hinoyosa

Indigenous & tribal populations

The Yoco Hunters: The Secoya People and the Yoco Vine

Yoco is an important element in the Secoya culture: hosting many benefits including acting as a key ingredient in the morning routine between father and son by aiding in the transfer of traditional knowledge and as a medicinal tool.

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November 14, 2014 by Alex Goff

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Economic rights

There’s money in them trees…or is there? Taking a look at the economics of deforestation

Research shows that while deforestation can lead to an initial boom in a country’s GDP, over time, the boom leads to a bust and for the indigenous people whose land was taken over are no better off then before their forests were destroyed.

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November 5, 2014 by Adityarup Chakravorty

Indigenous & tribal populations


June, 2013  | Securing land titles is a challenging and lengthy process for indigenous people. The Terena tribe in Brazil, whose lands were wrongly granted to foreigners and destroyed for economic gain, have been fighting an uphill battle for decades.

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October 8, 2014 by Madeleine Lesser

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Community Profile: Mauricio Mendua

An interview with Cofán elder, Mauricio Mendua, provides insight into the tribe’s past, present and expectations for the future. 

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October 6, 2014 by Alex Goff

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Water access

A spirit of reverence: The human right to clean water

Rainforests are among the wettest places on our planet, getting between 8 to 14 feet of rainfall each year. For comparison, New York gets less than four feet of rain a year and London gets about 2.5 feet. Tropical rainforests are often found in the watersheds of mighty rivers such as the Amazon, the Congo [...]

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September 23, 2014 by Adityarup Chakravorty